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Report: Chiefs’ strength coach tests positive for COVID-19

Barry Rubin
Posted at 5:25 PM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 18:25:35-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A member of the Chiefs’ training staff reportedly has tested positive for COVID-19.

Kansas City’s strength and conditioning coach, Barry Rubin, has tested positive for the virus, NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero said Tuesday on Twitter, citing sources.

Per NFL COVID-19 policy, contact tracing is underway.

The Chiefs, who are the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, have a first-round bye and won’t play again until Jan. 16 or 17.

Kansas City isn’t scheduled to practice this week until Thursday, so players haven’t been required to be at the facility this week unless they are receiving treatment from the team’s training staff.

Rubin is in his eighth season with the Chiefs, having followed coach Andy Reid to the franchise from Philadelphia. He had worked with Reid on the Eagles' strength and conditioning staff from 2008-12.

The NFL announced earlier Tuesday that 34 players tested positive for COVID-19 from Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, the most for any week during the season.

There were 36 positive tests among team personnel last week for a total of 256 player and 432 other personnel since Aug. 1, 2020.

The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday that coach Kevin Stefanski tested positive for COVID-19 along with members of his staff. He will miss Sunday’s AFC Wild Card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:15 p.m. on 41 Action News.